All-time European Championships Winners Team

As with any major tournament, the build up centres around the big players and how they will affect their teams chances. Also, many people join in the fun and games that is ‘Fantasy Football’. Somehow, somebody decides the imaginary value of all the players and then leaves it to people like you and me to pick a team of eleven players whilst keeping below a set spending limit (usually either £50m or £100m).

That’s all well and good, but I decided to try and put together an All-time Winners team comprising eleven players and seven substitutes. I fully expect people to disagree with me, and welcome any challenge, but here goes:

1 Peter Schmeichel – Denmark (1992)
The man-monolith that helped the Danes to an unlikely victory 
2 Lilian Thuram – France (2000)
Classy right back who could score from time to time
3 Paul Breitner – West Germany (1972)
Legendary left back played key part in rosy period for Germans
4 Ronald Koeman – Holland (1988)
Forget the time he robbed England of World Cup qualification in 1993. He was solid
5 Matthias Sammer – Germany (1996)
Ginger haired defensive stalwart
6 Andres Iniesta – Spain (2008)
Possibly the best Spanish midfielder of a generation
7 Zinedine Zidane – France (2000)
Hard to believe a player of this calibre only won the tournament once. Simply mesmerising
8 Antonin Panenka – Czechoslovakia (1976)
Winning penalty taker for the Czechs, cool player in normal play too.
11 Sandro Mazzola – Italy (1968) 
Italian class
9 Marco Van Basten – Holland (1988)
Dutch maestro and scorer of THAT goal in the final
10 Gerd Muller – West Germany (1972)
West German goal machine

13 Lev Yashin – USSR (1960)
Iconic Soviet keeper won the very first tournament
12 Franz Beckenbauer – West Germany (1972)

Der Kaiser. Enough said.
14 Michel Platini – France (1984)
Another French icon, famous for his goal in ’84 and now big boss man at UEFA.
15 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge – West Germany (1980)
Yet another West German representative, helped his nation to second victory
16 Ruud Gullit – Holland (1988)
Big hair, big man for the Dutch. Scored a not-so-famous goal in the final
17 Patrick Battiston – France (1984)
Part of the French midfield that tasted victory on home soil
18 Patrick Vieira – France (2000)
The steel in French midfield as France added Euro glory to their World crown

Now, how much money would I need for these lot??


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